Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Bath by Cassatt

Name: The Bath
Artist's Name: Mary Cassatt
Date: ca. 1892
Period: Post-Impressionism
Material: Oil on canvas

Although Cassatt was a close friend to Degas and frequently exhibited with the Impressionists, because she was a woman her choice of subject matter was quite limited. Her subjects were typically women and children, whom she presented with a combination of objectivity and genuine sentiment. Her work, The Bath owes much to the compositional devices of Degas and of Japanese prints. The visual solidity of the mother and child contrasts with the flattened patterning of the wallpaper and rug.

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